Gregory John Hartmayer

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Gregory John Hartmayer
Bishop of Savannah
AppointedJuly 19, 2011
InstalledOctober 18, 2011
PredecessorJ. Kevin Boland
OrdinationMay 5, 1979
by Howard James Hubbard
ConsecrationOctober 18, 2011
by Wilton Daniel Gregory, J. Kevin Boland, and Luis Rafael Zarama
Personal details
Born (1951-11-21) November 21, 1951 (age 67)
Buffalo, New York
DenominationRoman Catholic
ResidenceSavannah, Georgia
ParentsJohn and Sally Hartmayer
Alma materBoston College
(English: Peace and Good)
Styles of
Gregory John Hartmayer
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Gregory John Hartmayer, O.F.M. Conv. (born November 21, 1951) is an American priest and prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. A Conventual Franciscan, he was appointed the fourteenth bishop of the Diocese of Savannah by Pope Benedict XVI on July 19, 2011.[1] He was consecrated and installed on October 18, 2011.[2]


Early life[edit]

Gregory John Hartmayer was born in Buffalo, New York, one of four children of John and Sally Hartmayer.[3] He was raised in nearby Tonawanda, where he received his early education at St. Amelia School.[4] He graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1969.[4]

Religious life[edit]

After graduating from high school, Hartmayer joined the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, commonly known as the Conventual Franciscans, at the St. Joseph Cupertino Friary in Ellicott City, Maryland.[1] He took his simple vows as a Conventual Franciscan friar on August 15, 1970, before making his solemn profession on August 15, 1973.[5][better source needed] He also studied at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Massachusetts, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in philosophy in 1974.[3] From 1974 to 1975, he taught at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore.[3] He then returned to New York to study theology at St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, receiving a Master of Theology degree in 1979.[1]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Hartmayer was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Howard J. Hubbard on May 5, 1979.[5][better source needed] He then returned to Archbishop Curley High School, where he served as a guidance counselor and teacher (1979-1985) and principal (1985-1988).[1] In 1980, he earned a Master of Arts degree in pastoral counseling from Emmanuel College in Boston.[3] He served as principal of his alma mater of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda from 1988 to 1989, when he became principal of St. Francis High School in Athol Springs.[3] He received a Master of Education degree in Secondary Catholic School Administration from Boston College in 1992.[3]

Following a three-month sabbatical at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California, Hartmayer briefly served as an instructor at John Carroll Catholic High School in Fort Pierce, Florida, in 1995.[1] In August of that year, he was named pastor of St. Philip Benizi Church in Jonesboro, Georgia.[3] He became pastor of St. John Vianney Church in Lithia Springs, in July 2010.[4]

Bishop of Savannah[edit]

On July 19, 2011, Bishop J. Kevin Boland of the Diocese of Savannah announced his retirement and Pope Benedict XVI appointed Hartmayer as the bishop of the diocese. His consecration took place on October 18, 2011, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Georgia.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Pope Accepts Resignation of Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia, Names Archbishop Chaput to Succeed Him; Accepts Resignation of Bishop Boland of Savannah, Georgia, Names Franciscan Pastor to Succeed Him". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2011-07-19.
  2. ^ "Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Boland; Appoints Franciscan Father Gregory Hartmayer". Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah. 2011-07-19.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography of Bishop–elect Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv". Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07.
  4. ^ a b c Habuda, Janice L. (2011-07-20). "Tonawanda native is next bishop for Georgia diocese".
  5. ^ a b "Bishop Gregory John Hartmayer, O.F.M. Conv".
  6. ^ Barbara D. King (19 July 2011). "Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Boland; Appoints Franciscan Father Gregory Hartmayer". Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah. Retrieved 19 July 2011.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
J. Kevin Boland
Bishop of Savannah
Succeeded by